Why Democracies Flounder and Fail

Remedying Mass Society Politics

  • Michael Haas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-290
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-523

About this book


Democracy is in crisis because voices of the people are ignored due to a politics of mass society. After demonstrating how the French Fourth Republic failed, wherein Singapore’s totalitarianism is a dangerous model, Washington is enmeshed in gridlock, and there is a global democracy deficit, solutions are offered to revitalize democracy as the best form of government.  The book demonstrates how mass society politics operates, with intermediate institutions of civil society (media, pressure groups, political parties) no longer transmitting the will of the people to government but instead are concerned with corporate interests and have developed oligarchical mindsets. Rather than micro-remedy bandaids, the author focuses on the need to transform governing philosophies from pragmatic to humanistic solutions. 

Michael Haas is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and political scientist who has taught at several universities—London, Northwestern, Purdue, the University of California (Riverside), the University of Hawaiʻi, and multiple campuses of California State University. The author of more than 50 books, including Asian and Pacific Cooperation, International Relations Theory, and Political Science Revitalized, he now gives public lecturers around the world.


Democracy Mass society Democratic failure Democratic theory The French Republic Globalization Global interest groups Singapore Diversionary theory US politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Haas
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Angeles, CAUSA

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